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All University students must have a grade point average of at least 2.00 to
graduate. Students in the College of Engineering must also have a grade point
average of at least 2.00 in the major area of study and in required technical
courses. "Major area of study" and "required technical courses" are defined in this chapter in the section "Standard of Work Required and Scholastic Policies."
A candidate for a degree in engineering must be registered in the College of
Engineering either in residence or in absentia the semester or summer session
the degree is to be awarded. Candidates must complete an Application for
Graduation in the Office of Student Affairs, Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.200, no
later than the date given in the official academic calendar.
All individual degree programs must include at least forty-eight semester hours
of engineering coursework.
All University students must complete in residence at least thirty semester
hours of the coursework counted toward the degree. In the College of
Engineering, these thirty hours must be in the major field or in a field
closely related to the major as approved by the major department and the
At least the last twenty-four hours of technical coursework counted toward an
engineering degree must be taken while the student is registered as an
undergraduate engineering major at the University. A student seeking an
exception to this requirement must obtain written approval in advance from the
dean. Information about the petition process is available in the Office of
Student Affairs, Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.200.
After earning ninety semester hours of credit, the student must request a
degree audit in the Office of Student Affairs, Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.200.
Failure to do so may delay the student's graduation.
The degree audit normally provides an accurate statement of requirements, but
the student is responsible for knowing the requirements for the degree as
stated in a catalog under which he or she is entitled to graduate and for
registering so as to fulfill these requirements. Rules on graduation under a
particular catalog are given in chapter 1. Since the student is responsible for
correct registration toward completion of the degree program, he or she should
seek an official ruling in the Office of Student Affairs before registering if
in doubt about any requirement. Avoidance of errors is the main purpose of the
degree audit, but it remains the responsibility of the student to fulfill all
Students must apply for graduation the first semester they are eligible to
graduate. Failure to do so will jeopardize the student's future registration in
the College of Engineering. Any subsequent registration must be recommended by
the undergraduate adviser and approved by the dean.
A student is considered eligible to graduate if he or she can complete all
course requirements by registering for fourteen semester hours or fewer.
A student in his or her final semester may not enroll concurrently at another
institution in any course to be counted toward the degree. The student may also
not enroll by extension or correspondence in coursework to be counted toward
the degree. All transfer, extension, and correspondence coursework must be
added to the student's official record before his or her last semester.
The student must complete all procedures associated with the final degree
Any student who does not graduate when eligible must contact the engineering
degree auditor in Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.200. The degree auditor will
advise the student what steps are needed for future registration and
A student who completes at least twenty-four approved hours beyond the first
bachelor's degree in engineering may receive a second bachelor's degree in a
second engineering discipline; however, no student may receive two bachelor's
degrees in the same discipline of engineering, even if the technical area
options are different. For example, a student may receive the degree of
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and that of Bachelor of Science in
Mechanical Engineering but may not receive two Bachelor of Science in Chemical
Engineering degrees. A student may not receive bachelor's degrees in both
architectural engineering and civil engineering.
In addition to the University commencement ceremony held each spring, the
College of Engineering holds graduation ceremonies in December, May, and
August. Students may participate only in the College of Engineering ceremony
for the semester in which they complete degree requirements.
The practice of engineering has a profound effect on public health, safety, and
welfare. Therefore, the commitment to the public good through the licensing or
registration provisions available in all states and many foreign countries is
an important step in the professional development of an engineer. Becoming
licensed in Texas as a registered professional engineer requires graduation
from an approved curriculum in engineering, passage of the examination
requirements, and a specific record of an additional four years or more of
active practice in engineering work indicating that the applicant is competent
to be placed in responsible charge of such work. Additional requirements
include good character and reputation.
Engineering students are encouraged to take the Fundamentals of Engineering
examination during their last long-session semester and to seek certification
as an "engineer-in-training."
For additional information, contact the Texas State Board of Registration for
Professional Engineers or the equivalent agency in another state.
To satisfy the course requirements for an engineering degree, a student must
earn credit for all of the courses listed in the curriculum for that degree.
The curricula leading to degrees in engineering include fifty semester hours of
coursework common to all engineering plans.
All curricula leading to bachelor's degrees in engineering at the University
are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation
Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). This organization sets minimum
standards for engineering education, defined in terms of curriculum content,
the quality of the faculty, and the adequacy of facilities. Graduation from an
accredited program is an advantage when applying for membership in a
professional society or for registration as a professional engineer.
Several engineering degree programs require a student to select a "technical
area option" and to complete a specified number of courses in that area. Other
degree programs do not require a student to specify a particular option but
allow the student to choose courses either within an area of specialty or more
broadly across technical areas. Although most options are designed to help the
student develop greater competence in a particular aspect of the major, others
permit the student to develop background knowledge in areas outside the major.
In many cases, students who elect the latter options intend to continue their
education in professional or graduate school; these options are particularly
appropriate for students who plan to work in those interdisciplinary areas
where the creation of new technology through research and development is very
Interdisciplinary options are offered in the following areas: biomedical
engineering (for chemical engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical
engineering majors), materials science and engineering (for mechanical
engineering majors), environmental engineering (for chemical engineering and
civil engineering majors), and engineering management (for architectural
engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical
engineering majors). New interdisciplinary options are created in response to
the changing needs of society; students who are interested in areas not
mentioned above should contact the dean of the college for more information.
Students interested in biomedical engineering should contact the director of
the Biomedical Engineering Program in Engineering-Science Building 610;
information about materials science is available from the director of the
Materials Science and Engineering Program in Engineering Teaching Center
Additional areas of concentration can be developed by selecting appropriate
elective courses. For example, students in chemical engineering and mechanical
engineering who wish to work in the area of petroleum and mineral resources may
elect to take some courses in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems
Engineering and the Department of Geological Sciences.
Technical area options also allow the student to fulfill the special course
requirements for admission to professional schools. For more information,
students should consult an adviser who is familiar with the admission
requirements of the professional program in which they are interested.
Medical school. A properly constructed program in engineering provides
excellent preparation for entering medical school. The engineer's strong
background in mathematics and natural science--combined with a knowledge of
such subjects as applied mechanics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer,
thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, diffusion, and electricity and
magnetism--enhance the mastery of many aspects of medical science. An
engineering background is also useful to those who develop and use new
instruments for detecting and monitoring medical abnormalities. The
engineering/premedical programs described in this catalog usually afford
opportunities to pursue alternative vocations for those who do not enter
medical school. Medical school admission requirements for which engineering
students may have to make special arrangements include eight semester hours of
organic chemistry and fourteen semester hours in the life sciences. A
competitive grade point average, a suitable score on the Medical College
Admission Test, and letters of recommendation are requirements for admission to
most medical schools. Arrangements for providing the necessary data must be
completed during the summer preceding the student's senior year. Preliminary
planning should be initiated early in the sophomore year. Students who intend
to apply for admission to a medical school should contact the Health
Professions Office, Geography Building 234, for information about admission
requirements and application and test deadlines. Additional information about
combining engineering and medical school requirements is available in the
office of the director of the Biomedical Engineering Program,
Engineering-Science Building 610.
Dental school. Much of the information above about medical school
applies also to dental school. All applicants must take the Dental Admission
Test. Certain courses not taken by all engineers are also required, but these
vary markedly from school to school. Students who are interested in dentistry
can obtain specific information from the Health Professions Office.
Law school. Each year a few graduates, representing all engineering
disciplines, elect to enter law school, where they find their training in
careful and objective analysis is a distinct asset. Many of these students are
preparing for careers in patent or corporation law that will enable them to
draw on their combined knowledge of engineering and law. Others may not plan to
use their engineering knowledge directly, but they still find that the
discipline in logical reasoning acquired in an engineering education provides
excellent preparation for the study of law. Students interested in admission to
the law school of the University should consult the
catalog of the School of
Graduate study in business. Since many engineering graduates advance
rapidly into positions of administrative responsibility, it is not surprising
that they often elect to do graduate work in the area of business
administration. In addition to an understanding of the technical aspects of
manufacturing, the engineer has the facility with mathematics to master the
quantitative methods of modern business administration.
Requirements for admission to the Graduate School of Business at the University
are outlined in the catalog of the Graduate School. Many engineering
departments offer technical area options that include business and management
courses. These can be used with advantage by students who plan to do
graduate-level work in business.
To be accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), a degree plan of the
College of Engineering must include the following:
Although the degree
plans that follow have been designed to meet these criteria, it is the
student's responsibility, in consultation with the adviser, to choose elective
courses that satisfy them. Courses in such subjects as accounting, industrial
management, finance, and personnel administration, introductory language
courses, and ROTC courses normally do not fulfill the humanities and social
sciences requirement, regardless of their general value in the engineering
- One year of an appropriate combination of mathematics and basic sciences.
- One-half year of humanities and social sciences.
- One and one-half years of engineering topics.
Courses in social sciences, humanities, and related nontechnical areas must be
an integral part of all engineering degree programs, so that engineering
graduates will be aware of their social responsibilities and the effects of
technology on society. All degree programs must include the following
Courses used to satisfy requirements 6 and 7 must fulfill the
ABET accreditation criteria above as well as the University's basic
education requirements. Lists of courses that fulfill these requirements are
given below. Students preparing for the professional practice
of engineering are encouraged to elect coursework in economics to fulfill
requirement 6 and coursework in professional ethics to fulfill requirement 7.
- Three semester hours of English composition (English 306) and at least two
courses, one of which must be upper-division, certified as having a substantial
- Six semester hours of American government (Government 310L and 312L, or
equivalent courses that fulfill the legislative requirement described in
- Six semester hours of American history (History 315K and 315L, or
equivalent courses that fulfill the legislative requirement described in
- Three semester hours of technical communication (Chemical Engineering
333T, Civil Engineering 333T, Electrical Engineering 333T, Mechanical
Engineering 333T, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 333T, or another course
approved by the department).
- Three semester hours of humanities (English 316K).
- Three semester hours of social science (anthropology, economics,
geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology).
- Three semester hours of fine arts or humanities (archaeology,
architecture, art [excluding design and studio art], classics [including
classical civilization, Greek, Latin], fine arts, humanities, music [excluding
instruments and ensemble], philosophy [excluding courses in logic], or theatre
Each student must complete three semester hours of coursework in anthropology,
economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology. The following
courses may be used to fulfill this requirement. Additional courses may be
approved by the student's undergraduate adviser; to be counted toward the
requirement, the course must be approved before the student enrolls in it.
Anthropology 302, Cultural Anthropology
Each student must complete three semester hours of coursework in archaeology,
architecture, art (excluding design and studio art), classics (including
classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts, humanities, music (excluding
instruments and ensemble), philosophy (excluding courses in logic), or theatre
and dance. The following courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.
Additional courses may be approved by the student's undergraduate adviser; to
be counted toward the requirement, the course must be approved before the
student enrolls in it.
Anthropology 318L, Mexican American Culture
Anthropology 322M, Topics in Cultures of the World
Anthropology 324L, Topics in Anthropology
Anthropology 327C, Topics in American Cultures
Economics 302, Introduction to Macroeconomics
Economics 303, Introduction to Microeconomics
Geography 303K, Introduction to Cultural and Historical
Geography 305, This Human World: An Introduction to Geography
Geography 315, The City: An Introduction to Urban Geography
Geography 324, Cultural Geography of North America
Geography 334, Conservation, Resources, and Technology
Geography 337, The Modern American City
Linguistics 306, Introduction to the Study of Language
Linguistics 325, Black English
Psychology 301, Introduction to Psychology
Sociology 302, Introduction to the Study of Society
Sociology 309, Chicanos in American Society
Sociology 313K, Introduction to the Study of Religion
Sociology 333K, Sociology of Gender
Sociology 344, Racial and Ethnic Relations
Sociology 346, The City and Urbanization
Sociology 348K, Chicanos: Sociological Perspectives
Architecture 308, Architecture and Society
In accordance with the University's basic education requirements, all students
must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to that shown by
the completion of two semesters of college coursework. Credit earned at the
college level to achieve the proficiency may not be counted toward a degree.
For a student admitted to the University as a freshman, this requirement is
fulfilled by the completion of the two high school units in a single foreign
language that are required for admission; students admitted with a deficiency
in foreign language must remove that deficiency as specified in
Architecture 318K, History of Architecture, Survey I
Architecture 348, The Appreciation of Architecture
Architecture 368R, Topics in the History of Architecture
Art History 301, Introduction to the Visual Arts
Art History 302, Survey of Ancient through Medieval Art
Art History 303, Survey of Renaissance through Modern Art
Classical Civilization 301, Introduction to Ancient Greece
Classical Civilization 302, Introduction to Ancient Rome
Classical Civilization 302K, Introduction to Archaeological Studies
II: Classical Archaeology
Classical Civilization 303, Introduction to Classical
Classical Civilization 305, Topics in Roman Civilization
Classical Civilization 306M, Introduction to Medical and Scientific
Classical Civilization 307K, Topics in Archaeology
Humanities 320, Core Course in the Humanities
Humanities 350, Topics in the Humanities
Music 302L, An Introduction to Western Music
Music 303M, Introduction to Traditional Musics in World
Music 342, Area Studies in Ethnomusicology
Philosophy 301, Introduction to Philosophy
Philosophy 304, Contemporary Moral Problems
Philosophy 305, Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy 310, Knowledge and Reality
Philosophy 318, Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy 325K, Ethical Theories
Philosophy 325L, Business, Ethics, and Public Policy
Philosophy 327, Contemporary Philosophy
Theatre and Dance 301, Introduction to Theatre
Theatre and Dance 317C, Theatre History through the Eighteenth
Theatre and Dance 317D, Theatre History since the Eighteenth
In accordance with the University's basic education requirements, all students
must complete at least two courses, one of which must be upper-division,
certified as having a substantial writing component. Courses with a substantial
writing component are identified in the
Course Schedule. The required
work for each engineering degree plan includes courses that fulfill this
Physical activity (PED) courses are offered by the Department of Kinesiology
and Health Education. They may not be counted toward a degree in the College of
Engineering or toward the college's minimum course load requirement. However,
they are counted among courses for which the student is enrolled, and the
grades are included in the grade point average.
The dean, on the recommendation of the department chairman, may substitute
credit for air force science, military science, or naval science courses for
other courses prescribed in an engineering degree program. Six semester hours
of ROTC coursework may be substituted for three hours of American government
and three hours of elective work. The elective for which an ROTC course is
substituted must be approved by the student's major department. All ROTC
students should consult their undergraduate adviser. The total number of
semester hours required for the degree remains unchanged. Substitution is
permitted only upon the student's completion of the last two years of ROTC
coursework and receipt at the University of a commission in the service.
Credit that a University student in residence earns simultaneously by
correspondence or extension from the University or elsewhere or in residence at
another school will not be counted toward a degree in the College of
Engineering unless specifically approved in advance by the dean. Application
for this approval should be made at the Office of Student Affairs, Ernest
Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.200. No more than twenty semester hours required for any
degree offered in the College of Engineering may be taken by correspondence.
An eight-semester arrangement of courses leading to the bachelor's degree is
given for each of the engineering degree plans. The exact order in which the
courses are taken is not critical, as long as the prerequisite for each course
is fulfilled. A student who registers for fewer than the indicated number of
hours each semester will need more than eight semesters to complete the degree.
The student is responsible for including in each semester's work any courses
that are prerequisite to those he or she will take the following semester.
|American government, including Texas
|American history ||6|
| ||Chemistry 301, Principles of Chemistry
| ||English 306, Rhetoric and
| ||English 316K, Masterworks of
| ||Chemical Engineering 333T, Civil
Engineering 333T, Electrical Engineering 333T,
Mechanical Engineering 333T, or Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering 333T
|Fine arts or humanities|
| ||Three semester
hours chosen from archaeology, architecture, art (excluding design and studio
art), classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts,
humanities, music (excluding instruments and ensemble), philosophy (excluding
courses in logic), or theatre and dance ||3|
| ||Mathematics 408C, Differential and
Integral Calculus ||4|
| ||Mathematics 408D, Sequences, Series,
and Multivariable Calculus ||4|
| ||Mathematics 427K, Advanced Calculus for
Applications I ||4|
| ||Three semester hours in
anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology
| ||Physics 303K, Engineering Physics I
| ||Physics 103M, Laboratory for Physics
| ||Physics 303L, Engineering Physics
| ||Physics 103N, Laboratory for Physics
The first three semesters of all undergraduate engineering curricula contain
many of the same courses. This commonality provides students with a certain
amount of freedom to change degree plans without undue loss of credit.
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